Memorial: M3342

Memorial formerly in the Cemetiere de Vaurigard, Paris commemorating Captain John Wesley Wright RN d. 1805

Location

Cemetiere de Vaurigard, Paris, France, Rest of the World

Transcript

‘Here Lies Inhumed / JOHN WESLEY WRIGHT, / BY BIRTH AN Englishman, / CAPTAIN IN THE BRITISH NAVY, / Distinguished both among his own / Countrymen and Foreigners / For skill and courage / To whom, / Of those things which lead to the summit of glory, /Nothing was wanting but opportunity. / His ancestors, whose virtues he inherited, / He honoured by his deeds. / Quick in apprehending his orders, / Active and bold in the execution of them. / In success modest, / In adverse circumstances firm, / In doubtful enterprises, wise and prudent. / Awhile successful in his career, / At length assailed by adverse winds, and on an hostile shore, / He was captured; / And being soon after brought to Paris, / Was confined in the prison called the Temple, / Infamous for midnight murders, / And placed in the most rigid custody: / But in bonds, / And suffering severities still more oppressive, / His fortitude of mind and fidelity to his country / Remained unshaken. /
A short time after, / He was found in the morning with his throat cut, / And dead in his bed. / He died the 28th October, 1805, aged 36. / To be lamented by his Country, /
Avenged by his God!’

Details

Date Erected: 1816

People

Wright, John Wesley
Age:
Date of Death: 28/10/1805
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Murdered in his sleep in Temple Prison. Tombstone erected by Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith 1816. Wright's grave now lost.
Bibliography: 'London Chronicle' (1 October 1816).

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